Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen today announced that the Manitoba government would provide $20,000 to help the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) improve its training and resources in school divisions to help protect children from sexual victimization and lower crime.
With the use of age-appropriate, in-class safety education and crime prevention activities, C3P’s complete program collaborates with school divisions to support teachers and parents in a community crime-prevention effort.
According to the minister, the financing from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund (CPFF) will enable the organization to give Manitoba schools access to its vast library of printed and digital resources, films, and webinars, as well as in-person and online professional development.
Cash and the earnings from the sale of forfeited property are put into the CPFF in Manitoba and utilized for the following purposes:
- Indemnifying those who were harmed by the illegal activities that resulted in the confiscation of the property,
- In funding assistance initiatives and services for crime victims,
- In investing in specialized tools and training for law enforcement to build safer neighbourhoods, and
- By providing cash to law enforcement organizations for neighbourhood projects, create safer neighbourhoods.
As a result of the prosecution of federal offences in Manitoba, the province also manages the Federal Proceeds of Crime Fund (FPOC), which is made up of forfeited criminal proceeds. The funds obtained from Canada are then redistributed to programs in the community including drug education and victim services, as well as law enforcement and victim services.